How to Make an Elderberry Martini

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How To Make An Elderberry Martini

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An intoxicating twist on your average martini, the flavor of elderflower captivates the palate with its delicate perfume. Punctuated with subtle hints of pear, grapefruit and lemon, elderflower liqueur lends a sophisticated fragrance to a simple, vodka-based martini. The addition of pear nectar draws out the pear notes of the elderflower while complementing the other fruity notes. Finishing with a splash of champagne or prosecco adds a refreshing and bubbly touch, making the elderflower martini an ideal summer nightcap.

Start to Finish

: 5 minutes

Servings

: 1

Difficulty Level

: Beginner

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces elderflower liqueur
  • 1 ounce pear nectar
  • Splash of champagne or prosecco

Combine the vodka, elderflower liqueur, and pear nectar in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds, until well-chilled. Strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of champagne or prosecco. Replace regular vodka with a

flavored vodka

to ramp up the flavor. Try using

pear-, citrus- or a cranberry-flavored vodka

. If you can't find pear nectar, try substituting it with

white grape juice or white cranberry juice

. You can leave out the champagne or prosecco if you're not a fan, or use a

sparkling water to add effervescence

instead.

Tips

Try replacing vodka with

gin

; the boldness of

juniper berries

pairs well with the delicate flavors of elderflower liqueur.